‘PM’s blue-eyed boy diluted CBI notice’
A.K. Sharma helped Mallya flee: Rahul
Congress president Rahul Gandhi on Saturday alleged that a Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) officer, whom he termed as a “blueeyed-boy” of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, had weakened the agency’s lookout notice against fugitive businessman Vijay Mallya.
A day after alleging “it is inconceivable that the CBI, in such a high-profile, controversial case, would change a Look Out Circular without the approval of the PM,” Mr. Gandhi said A.K. Sharma, a Gujarat-cadre officer now posted in the CBI, “weakened” the case against Mr. Mallya. He added that the officer also had a role in the escape of diamond merchants Nirav Modi and Mehul Choksi.
“CBI Jt. Director, A.K. Sharma weakened Mallya's “Look Out” notice, allowing Mallya to escape. Mr. Sharma, a Gujarat cadre officer, is the PM’s blue-eyed-boy in the CBI,” Mr. Gandhi tweeted on Saturday.
“The same officer was in charge of Nirav Modi & Mehul Choksi's escape plans. Ooops...investigation!,” the Congress chief added.
The Congress also demanded an “independent” probe into all the cases of bank frauds in the past four years. At the party’s official briefing, Congress leader Jaiveer Shergill claimed there have been 23,000 bank frauds since the Modi government assumed office in May 2014 and as much as ₹90,000 crore of public money had been siphoned off.
The Congress also claimed that the government’s investigating agencies could no longer be trusted as, at least, 23 people involved in banking frauds had fled the country in the past four years.
Rahul Gandhi said the officer also had a hand in the escape of Nirav Modi.